Friday Funnies: German Satirical Take on Renewables Disaster

STT has focused on the debacle that is German renewable policy this week, taking a close look at its disastrous renewables policy – the product of an economic suicide pact endorsed by Germany’s “Grand Coalition” tagged “GroKo”.

The GroKo – which cops a belting in this skit from a popular TV news/comedy show – is short for “grosse Koalition”, a grand coalition of the two large camps from centre-left and centre-right. On the centre-right are the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the party of chancellor Angela Merkel, and the Christian Social Union (CSU), its Bavarian sister franchise. On the centre-left are the Social Democrats (SPD).

In our posts this week we’ve highlighted the insanity of German energy policy – drawing the obvious parallel with Australia’s unsustainable mandatory RET – and the fact that – if the RET isn’t scrapped soon – like the Germans, we’ll be sitting freezing (or boiling) in the dark, kissing goodbye to industry and manufacturing and the decent, lasting jobs that they once provided.

So it’s fitting that we leave the last (humorous) word this week to the Germans themselves in this satirical take on their growing economic and social disaster.

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It would be funnier if it weren’t true – but that’s the essence of satire.

At the heart of the jibes directed at the GroKo is the fact that the expert panel appointed by the German Parliament has given advice in the strongest terms about where Germany will end up if it doesn’t scrap its renewables policy and stops pumping €billions of taxpayer/power consumer subsidies into the coffers of wind power generators – and that’s the poor house.

On a serious note, here’s a report on the Panel’s advice from Reuters.

Germany must scrap its green energy law, say experts
Reuters
Madeline Chambers
26 February 2014

A commission of experts appointed by the German parliament has recommended Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to abolish all subsidies for green energy, highlighting mounting opposition to plans to reform instead of scrap the system.

Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is finalising much-disputed changes to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) which includes reductions in subsidies for green energy before he presents it to cabinet in early April.

Shifting Europe’s biggest economy to energy from the sun and wind and away from nuclear and fossil fuels is a top priority of Merkel’s new right-left coalition government.

But the project, which offers some 20 billion euros in green subsidies a year and is paid for by electricity users, has been dogged by the competing interests of industry, a booming green sector and the country’s 16 federal states.

The Commission for Research and Innovation (EFI) handed its report to Merkel on Wednesday.

It concluded that the system of feed-in-tariffs, under which green power producers are paid guaranteed, above-market prices to put electricity on the grid, is fundamentally flawed.

It is not a cost-efficient instrument for climate protection and is not producing a measurable effect on innovation, said the report, basing its view on patent filings.

“For both these reasons, there is no justification for a continuation of the EEG,” the report said.

The report is unlikely to have much impact on policy.

A spokeswoman for the economy ministry rejected the criticism, saying the law had been a useful instrument to introduce renewable energy to the market place.

Green energy accounts for about 25 percent of German power generation, up from about 7 percent in 2000. The government is aiming for a level of 40-45 percent by 2025.

“The Renewable Energy Law is and remains a core instrument for German climate and energy policy,” said the ministry spokeswoman.

Supporters of renewable energy also dismissed the report, saying patent numbers are of limited use as a measure of innovation and that the EEG cannot be blamed for failings in tackling climate change.

Gabriel plans to scale back subsidies for renewable energy by up to about a third over time.

He also aims to reduce exemptions enjoyed by energy-intensive German firms from a surcharge which pays for the subsidies And wants to make firms that generate their own power pay charges to support green power.

German industry, however, seized on the report to support its opposition to incentives for renewable energy.

“I support the conclusions of the Commission in terms of the need to reform the EEG,” said Markus Kerber, managing director of the BDI industry association.

“All support for renewable technologies must be designed in a way to help incentives (for companies to be) competitive and innovative,” he said.

Export-oriented companies have warned that a sharp rise in the price they pay for power, buoyed by the cost of green incentives, are making them uncompetitive and some have threatened to shift investments and production abroad.

With industry accounting for around a quarter of Germany’s economy, its voice matters in Berlin. The BDI has said the government’s plans put about 900,000 jobs in Germany at risk. (Additional reporting by Markus Wacket and Vera Eckert; editing by Jason Neely)
Reuters

Reuters just a little loose with its language in that piece when it talks about “green” energy.

Germany has forked out tens of €billions to prop up wind and solar power generation and has not only failed to reduce CO2 emissions, but has actually increased them: in order to make up for the chaotic output from wind power generators and to, therefore, provide meaningful supplies of reliable power – the Germans have recommissioned a swathe of coal-fired power plants and are flat out building more (see our posts here and here).

Insanely costly and utterly pointless: wind power, what’s not to like?

Hawaii rusting turbines

Wind power: a failed “experiment”. Here’s some we prepared earlier.

 

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Comments

  1. cornwallwindwatch says:

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  2. Martin Hayles says:

    With the blatant inefficiencies re. wind ‘power’, let alone the non- existent abatement of greenhouse gases, which is the sole purpose of renewables, the question that needs to asked and asked and asked again, Why?
    Russell Marsh from the ‘Clean Energy Quackery Council’, for a council it is, needs to be hauled before the RET review and asked to explain how windmills are worth the billions of taxpayer monies being ‘invested’.
    Marsh should be, although irrelevant, be asked to explain how he justifies his salary.
    This salary is paid for by the taxpayer. It may be in an indirect manner, but his salary derives from contributions made by ‘sponsers’ to the ‘CEQC’ which derive a great deal of their incomes from taxpayers by way of renewable energy certificates.
    It has been interesting to watch the likes of Marsh, Parkinson et al squealing like the proverbial in regards the RET review.
    They appear to be particularly perturbed that the gravy train they have been riding appears to be coming into a station they were not expecting.
    Yes boys, the game is up and I doubt you will be receiving an easy “get out of jail card” from your ‘sponsors and colleagues’
    I wonder if, in the future, the word ‘conspire’ may follow your names.
    “Good luck” and I don’t mean it.

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